For a long time I've felt an ache in my heart for people who are disenfranchised or not treated equally, especially when it comes to race. But honestly, I never did anything about it; I just sat in my privileged world and wanted to help, but didn't know how. That changed when we joined with the women of Zion City Church to host the IF:Gathering at Blackhawk. What came from that was a friendship with women who have taught me so much.

We share experiences, love each other and do life alongside each other. For me, the best way to bridge the racial gap is to actually sit at a table with someone and learn who they are. In doing that, you see parts of yourself that you don't like and want to change.

My friendships with the women at Zion City have been the most beautiful blessing in my life over the past several years and I'm so grateful to see our church move forward toward relationships that will help us learn how to better love each other and effect great change in our communities. When people pull together, it can cause God-pleasing outcomes that we can't even imagine. The relationship being built between Zion City and Blackhawk is going to richly bless our city.